What is Baby Bottle Tooth Decay?

Taking preventative care and fighting tooth decay in your child’s teeth can begin before their very first tooth even comes in. Protecting your child’s teeth from decay is the very first priority in pediatric dentistry and your Saint Louis, MO, dentist, Dr. Kyle Whitson with Concord Dental Group, is prepared to fight decay alongside you and your child.

Causes of Baby Bottle Tooth Decay

Tooth decay can begin as early as nursing if an infant falls asleep with a bottle (of milk or formula), enabling bacteria in the mouth to produce an acid that multiplies from the sugar. For younger children, too much sugar from juice or snacks can also lead to the production of acid, which results in damaged teeth and the breakdown of enamel.

Preventative Measures Against Tooth Decay For Your Child

Establishing a dental care routine early on in your child’s life will affirm the importance of oral health. Brushing and flossing your teeth every day reduces the risk of gum disease and tooth decay, which is a lifelong routine that you were taught by your parental care. Since you will be the one to fulfill the responsibility for your children until they are able to perform them on their own, it is best to begin cleaning their gums after nursing with a damp, soft cloth to remove potentially built-up bacteria.

Your Child’s First Dental Visit

To visit your Saint Louis, MO, dentist, Dr. Whitson recommends that your pediatric dentistry journey should begin before or on their first birthday. At this point in your child’s life, they should have a few of their baby teeth grown/growing in. Regular pediatric dental visits mean making an appointment every six months with Concord Dental Group.

Dentistry For the Whole Family

Parents that are actively performing a healthy oral routine offer your children the correct steps in preventing tooth decay and dental disease. Pediatric dentistry at Concord Dental Group in Saint Louis, MO, is committed to providing you and your family informed treatment to keep your smile healthy. To continue the fight against tooth decay, book an appointment with Dr. Kyle Whiston today by calling (314) 842-2038.

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